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Virginia State-Wide Smoking Ban December 9, 2009

Posted by Laura Schwartz in Arlington, Events, Keller Williams Realty.
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I’m 9 days late in this post, BUT as of December 1st of this month, ALL of the Virginia restaurants and bars are now smoke free! The ban does permit smoking in private clubs and in places that have separately ventilated enclosed smoking rooms. Smoking may also be permitted in outside seating options in restaurants, provided they are not enclosed in any way.

I can tell you that I already have noticed a difference in the past week from the smoking ban. There are a few places in Arlington that are notorious for being “smokey,” and I know many people dread going there as a result. It’ll be interesting to see how the venues who hadn’t previously enacted their own smoking ban is effected.

If you want to check out a new restaurant or happy hour now that everywhere is smoke-free, the Washingtonian has a great Happy Hour search feature.

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Weekend Getaway: Bluemont Vineyard, Loudoun County, Virginia November 9, 2009

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A recent article in the Washington Post says that Loudoun County, Virginia has the highest concentration of 25 – 34 year olds with an annual income exceeding $100,000. The article also says that these 20-3o somethings, spend weekends at the local Virginia wineries. I decided to test this article and head up to Bluemont Vineyard in Bluemont, VA.

Bluemont Vineyard Entrance

Located at 18755 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, VA 20135. It took us about an hour and 15 minutes from Arlington, VA. But the ride is beautiful – Loudoun County has some beautiful houses on tons of land, trees, views of hills, and the occasional cow.

Bluemont Vineyard does $5 tastings of their wines with knowledgeable and friendly staff. Tastings in April through October are 12pm to 6pm, and during November through March from 12pm to 5pm.

Editors Note: During your tasting, there are 2 ceramic jugs in front of you – one for water (to clean your glass before the dessert wine) and another to pour your discarded wine and/or water into (if there’s a handle on the jug – it’s the one for water. Oops.)

You can choose to enjoy their wines by the glass or the bottle. They have cheese, fudge, apple butter, dipping oils, and fresh baked bread for purchase from Goot Essa with your wines. Goot Essa is a cooperative of Central Pennsylvania Amish and Mennonite dairy farmers.

Bluemont Vineyard Bread and Cheese

You can sit outside or inside and enjoy their live music and views. You’ll notice on their wine glasses, labels, t-shirts, and most other things with the Bluemont Vineyard label, has “951” printed on it. The Vineyard is located at 951 feet above sea level. The boutique winery says that on a clear day, you can see the top of the Washington Monument (as you can see from the picture  below, it was a beautiful day, but I didn’t see the monument…maybe someone else did!) My friend, and former client, Colleen, enjoyed the views with me. There were several dogs that were outside on the porch, the Vineyard is dog-friendly for friendly, vaccinated, and leashed dogs.

We had a great time and I strongly encourage those of you with a free weekend to head out to check out the vineyard. The article was right, there were crowds of people there the entire time we were there. However, it was certainly not limited to the age groups the article mentioned. In fact, there was a wedding at The Cellar while we were there.

Bluemont Vineyard Live Music Bluemont Vineyard Exterior Laura Rubinchuk Bluemont VineyardBluemont Vineyard View

Time to Vote Arlington: 2009 ABBIES November 2, 2009

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ABBIES

Since everyone has voting on the brain, why not add your favorite Arlington Business to the list.

Vote for the 2009 ABBIES: Arlington Best Business Awards

Nominations are in, and voting is open thru Friday, November 6th, 2009.  The ABBIES will honor local restaurants, bars, stores, boutiques, charities, and organizations. It’s a great way to support your favorite local establishment.

The ABBIE website encourages participation, by saying:

“The People’s Choice ABBIES encourge public participation with nominations and voting opened to the entire community, allowing for greater recognition of a wider variety of businesses. “An awards program is just one of the many ways we support the Arlington business community, especially the small retail stores and restaurants that help shape the character of Arlington’s urban villages,” stated Arlington Economic Development Director Terry Holzheimer. ‘The People’s Choice ABBIES help us recognize the very best of all Arlington businesses, with participation from the entire community.'”

Check out the full list of 2008 Winners.

Clarendon Day, September 26, 2009: Arlington’s Biggest Party September 25, 2009

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The Clarendon Alliance is hosting the 12th annual Clarendon Day party this Saturday, September 26th, 2009 from 11am – 7pm.

“It’ll Knock Your Brown Flip Flops Off”

What: Food, Live Music, Kid’s Carnival, retail shopping booths, a 5k/10k and a Fun Run.

Food: 19 local restaurants will be serving food:

American Flatbread
Clarendon Grill
Crepe Deli Catering
Delhi Club
Delhi Dhaba
Ear’s Sandwiches
El Chapparal
Hard Times Cafe
Kabob Bazaar
Mac’s
La Tasca
Mexicali Blues
Ragtime
Restaurant 3
Rockland’s Barbeque and Grilling Company
Tallula/EatBar
Liberty Tavern
Whitlow’s
Willow

Music: 2 stages (Clarendon & Highland, and Wilson & Irving) featuring live music all day
see the full schedule here

clarendon day

Play: Puppet show, storytelling, face painting, magician…so much more!

Shop: A list of all of the retail and art vendors here.

Run: Register for the 5k or 10k run beginning at 9am.

If you see me out and about, please say hi!!


(I know this looks like a Crest Toothpaste commercial ad, but consider this to be my Realtor(R) Dating profile, just so you know what I really look like – because, let’s be honest, how many Realtors actually look like their photos?!)

And while you’re out and about in Clarendon, why don’t you check out the Condominiums and Townhomes for sale in Arlington near the Clarendon Metro or theHouses for Sale near the Clarendon Metro.

Clarendon Day, September 26, 2009: Arlington’s Biggest Party September 24, 2009

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The Clarendon Alliance is hosting the 12th annual Clarendon Day party this Saturday, September 26th, 2009 from 11am – 7pm.

“It’ll Knock Your Brown Flip Flops Off”

What: Food, Live Music, Kid’s Carnival, retail shopping booths, a 5k/10k and a Fun Run.

Food: 19 local restaurants will be serving food:

American Flatbread
Clarendon Grill
Crepe Deli Catering
Delhi Club
Delhi Dhaba
Ear’s Sandwiches
El Chapparal
Hard Times Cafe
Kabob Bazaar
Mac’s
La Tasca
Mexicali Blues
Ragtime
Restaurant 3
Rockland’s Barbeque and Grilling Company
Tallula/EatBar
Liberty Tavern
Whitlow’s
Willow

Music: 2 stages (Clarendon & Highland, and Wilson & Irving) featuring live music all day
see the full schedule here

clarendon day

Play: Puppet show, storytelling, face painting, magician…so much more!

Shop: A list of all of the retail and art vendors here.

Run: Register for the 5k or 10k run beginning at 9am.

If you see me out and about, please say hi!!


(I know this looks like a Crest Toothpaste commercial ad, but consider this to be my Realtor(R) Dating profile, just so you know what I really look like – because, let’s be honest, how many Realtors actually look like their photos?!)

And while you’re out and about in Clarendon, why don’t you check out theCondominiums and Townhomes for sale in Arlington near the Clarendon Metro or theHouses for Sale near the Clarendon Metro.

DC Metro Will Close 3 Stops in Arlington, VA for Labor Day Weekend September 3, 2009

Posted by Laura Schwartz in Arlington, Events, Washington D.C..
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The Washington, D.C. Metrorail will be closing the Pentagon City, Crystal City, and Ronald Reagan National Airport metro stops from 9:30pm this Friday, September 4th until Midnight, Monday, Sept 7th. All stations will reopen at 5am on Tuesday, September 8th for regular business hours and travel.

For those travelers needing to pass through these areas, a free shuttle bus will be available for Yellow and Blue lines.

Washington, D.C.’s 21st Blues Festival – Saturday, September 5th, 2009 September 1, 2009

Posted by Laura Schwartz in Alexandria, Arlington, Events, Northern Virginia, Washington D.C..
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DC Blues SocietyThis Saturday, September 5th, is the 21st Annual Blues Festival in Washington, D.C. This event is FREE, and this year will be held in celebration of the Society’s Founder and First President, John Cephas.

The event will be held at the Carter Barron Amphitheater, located at
4850 Colorado Ave
Washington, D.C. 20011
Noon – 7:30pm

Here’s a lineup of the talent that will be entertaining the crowd:

12:20 – 12:55: Capital Blues Ensemble
1:05 – 2: Billy Thompson & Friends
2:10 – 3:15: Michael Hill’s Blues Mob
3:25 – 4:35: Eddie Turner
4:45 – 5:55: Eugene “Hideway” Bridges
6:05 – 7:20: Teeny Tucker

If you’re interested in learning more about their events and membership, please visit their site: DCBS

Vintage Crystal 2009, Crystal City with a Latin Twist! September 1, 2009

Posted by Laura Schwartz in Arlington, Events, First-Time Buyers.
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vintage crystalWhere did the Summer GO??? It’s already time for the 3rd Annual Vintage Crystal Event! This year, the event features a Latin Twist – tequila, salsa dancing, and more. Event details are below:

When: September 20, 2009, 2 – 6pm

Where: 220 20th St South, Arlington – Crystal City

What: Entertainment by music and dancing, wine tasting, food sampling, and more.

$20 gets you samples and a commemorative glass

More details are available at their website.

Washington, D.C. Restaurant Week – August 24 – 30, 2009 August 24, 2009

Posted by Laura Schwartz in Alexandria, Arlington, Events, Northern Virginia, Washington D.C..
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I hope you woke up hungry today!! It’s the first official day of Washington, D.C.’s Restaurant Week! It’s that time where over 180 of the D.C. Metro Area’s finest open up their menus pre-fixed three course meals for Lunch and/or Dinner.

Restaurants from Downtown D.C., Arlington, Alexandria, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Tyson’s Corner, and all over the neighboring cities of D.C. are participating. Get a Full List of Participants to find your favorites. You can also make reservations online through OpenTable here. Reservations are strongly encouraged!!

Bon appetite!!!

Arlington County Fair 2009, August 19 – 23 August 10, 2009

Posted by Laura Schwartz in Arlington, Events.
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arlington county fairIt’s almost time for the Arlington County Fair!

When: Wednesday, August 19th – Sunday, August 23rd

Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Center
3501 S. 2nd St

Parking is free, or you can take a $1 Shuttle Ride (each way) to the event.

Arlington will have everything you’ve come to expect from your favorite fair:

  • Food: hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, lemonade, & pretzels
  • Entertainment: pony rides, carnival rides,taming area, movie night (Friday), Police K-9 demos (Saturday)
  • Vendors: arts & crafts, jewelry, commercial exhibitors
  • Special Guest Appearance: Ambre Lake

Hours:

  • Wed, 8/19: 5pm – 10 pm
  • Thurs, 8/20: 5pm – 10 pm (indoor opens at 7pm)
  • Fri, 8/21: 10am – 10 pm (indoor closes at 9pm)
  • Sat, 8/22: 10am – 10 pm (indoor closes at 9pm)
  • Sun, 8/23: 11am – 10pm (indoor open 11am to 5pm)